TrainYarn: Probing perceptions of social space in urban commuter trains
Camacho, Tiago, Foth, Marcus, Rittenbruch, Markus, & Rakotonirainy, Andry (2015) TrainYarn: Probing perceptions of social space in urban commuter trains. In OzCHI '15 Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction, ACM, Melbourne, Vic, pp. 455-464.
We studied the ways that urban commuter train passengers experience their journeys. We present the design process and in-situ evaluation of TrainYarn, a mobile app prototype designed to facilitate social interaction between co-located urban train passengers. Through the deployment of the prototype, we sought to probe perceptions of social space with a view to positively impact the assessment of public transport. Our results support that our target users saw value in the use of TrainYarn, perceiving it as emancipatory, in alignment with their communicative needs, and having the ability to transform their perceptions of social space. To further inform future research and practice, we put forward a series of design recommendations.
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